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Taylor Ranch KinderCare

Ms. Penny Thomas, Center Director

5101 Montano Rd. NW Albuquerque NM 87120
(505) 897-1694 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Chamiza, Marie M. Hughes, Tierra Antigua


Welcome to Taylor Ranch KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We strongly believe in developing the whole child and specialize in assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. At KinderCare, we take the time to get to know each and every one of our families as individuals while creating strong professional bonds. With that being said, our parents consider us as an extension of their families as well. In addition to a safe, secure, and stimulating environment for your child to develop in, you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Penny Thomas, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

We have many different teachers who have various experience working with children and their families. Most of our teachers have education degrees in early learning and education, and all of our teachers have their CPR and First Aid certificates. Our experience, education, and certification allows for your child to have the best and most safe educational learning experience.

  • Ms. Penny Thomas

    Ms. Penny Thomas, Center Director

    Ms. Penny started off in the Prekindergarten Classroom at KinderCare in 2009. Two years later, she became the Assistant Director and four years later became the Center Director. Ms. Penny started working with children when she turned 12 years of age as a babysitter. When she turned 18 years old, she started working in child care and knew that was where her heart is. She has a passion for educating young children and is excited to run a quality school were children can learn and grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Penny has previous experience working with children in different child care settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential; 45 Hour course; CPR and First Aid
  • Ms. Betty Hanes

    Ms. Betty Hanes, Assistant Director

    Ms. Betty has two children and helps in raising her two stepchildren. She has had many roles in her 26 years in early education, from teacher to Director. She loves seeing the "aha" moment when a child understands and grasps an idea. She enjoys teaching children and helping them express their feelings. Ms. Betty looks forward to the hugs she gets every morning and seeing all the children's happy faces when they come to school. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Betty has experience working in different child care settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Child Developmental Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sandi

    Ms. Sandi, Learning Adventures / Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Sandi has had three years of volunteering experience with children. She has two children of her own and really enjoys working with kids and their families. She loves teaching children new and exciting things that they can cherish for the rest of their lives. Ms. Sandi is caring, creative, and has a passion for teaching children. While working as the Prekindergarten Teacher, Ms. Sandi got her associate's credential and is also coaching AYSO soccer for her daughters team!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sandi volunteered with the Junior Achievers. She also volunteers as an AYSO coach.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Ashley Montoya

    Ms. Ashley Montoya, Infant Classroom

    Children want the same things we all want. To laugh, to be challenged, and to be entertained and delighted.

    Ms. Ashley has a passion for watching kids grow and learn. She started babysitting at age 14 and ever since then she loved being around younger children and babies. Her favorite thing to see in her classroom is to show a child how to do something, and then see them do it themselves. In Ms. Ashley's class, children do a lot of painting and dancing activities. Her classroom is always busy and she keeps them learning.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rachel Elmer

    Ms. Rachel Elmer, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Rachel has always loved working with children and had several opportunities to do so throughout her schooling. Some of her favorite experiences have been teaching at the SUU Preschool, volunteering at the Cedar City Family Support Center, and taking many early childhood education classes. She loves working in the Infant Classroom and watching the babies grow and their world expand. When Ms. Rachel is not at work, she enjoys playing with her dogs, ice skating, and doing yoga.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has taught at the SUU Preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Life and Human Development
  • Ms. Angelina Marquez

    Ms. Angelina Marquez, Toddler Classroom

    I love the smiles on my kids' faces during circle time and seeing how excited they are about the ABCs!

    Ms. Angelina started with KinderCare last November 2016 and has been working with the toddlers. She wants to take some early childhood education classes soon to learn more about meeting the toddlers' needs. Ms. Angelina is a mother of three beautiful children and a Girl Scout leader. She loves to stay active in her children's lives and enjoys seeing all children learn while having fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angelina has previously worked with children before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Kacey Lewis

    Ms. Kacey Lewis, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kacey started working at KinderCare in January 2016 and has worked with the two-year-old children since starting with KinderCare. She came to us with some experience of working with toddlers. Ms. Kacey is single with a one-year-old daughter, Rose. She is very creative with her classroom and does a project daily with the children. She also communicates well with her parents and loves teaching the younger children their colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Hope

    Ms. Hope, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Hope is the oldest of five siblings. She understands the importance of being a positive role model. She love to be around children and teach them new and fun things. She is amazing at teaching children through song, and believes that learning should be fun. The children in her classroom inspire her every day. She loves building relationships with all children while helping them learn and grow. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hope has previously worked at an early childhood education program where the class was a multi-age class (two- to five-year-olds, and with an organization that helps assist families with foster children and adoption.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Child, Youth, and Family Development
  • Ms. Rae

    Ms. Rae, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rae has been in the early education field since 1993. She loves teaching children. Ms. Rae gets excited when children create art and believes that children learn through play.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Tracy, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Tracy has two children of her own and loves the children in her care like they are her own. Ms. Tracy loves to teach the children and learn from them as well. They keep her young at heart--she loves to see their creative way of thinking and how imaginative they can be. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracy has four years experience working in different child care settings.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Support Staff

    Ms. Samantha is a mother of one and loves working with children. She has worked with school-age children and is amazing at doing crafts with the students. She is currently working toward her associate credential, and wants to become a teacher. She has a passion for working with children and loves the excitement they have when they see her coming in. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha has worked with before- and after-school programs and has been a caregiver for infants to preschool children in different child care settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Janelle Smith

    Ms. Janelle Smith, Support Staff

    I would like to help children by being a pediatric dental assistant.

    Ms. Janelle graduated high school in May of 2016 and has been taking some college classes. She has decided to become a dental assistant in the area of pediatric care. Ms. Janelle has only been with KinderCare for five months, but she has been enlightened about how children learn and require so much care. It can be challenging at times, but she loves seeing the little faces when they learn something new. Ms. Janelle is bilingual and speaks Navajo. In the past, she has babysat children and did some volunteering at the local YMCA. Her trainings at KinderCare have showed her a lot about the right way to respect children and help them to learn. Ms. Janelle tries to bring something nice to each child and they give back to her as well. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

Our center operates at the highest quality care and education for our students, and we are a 5 star NAEYC Accredited center! We believe that the first five years of a child's life are the most important; it is when children learn and grow mentally and physically the most. Here at our center, we have multi-age classrooms. This is beneficial to our students because it allows them to learn at their own pace with the support of their teachers. Our teachers provide our families a safe, fun, loving, and nurturing environment, which help our students learn and build self-confidence. Our teachers have experience and education to be able to help and support each student's individual needs as they learn and grow.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Navajo

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

·         New Year's Day

·         President's Day

·         Memorial Day

·         4th of July

·         Labor Day

·         Thanksgiving Day

·         Day after Thanksgiving

·         Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our top priority at Taylor Ranch KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door--literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter, with all side doors locked to ensure the security of the building. All guests or those authorized for emergency pick-ups must provide photo identification before being escorted through the building. Our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting, and have all been trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously: We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My son started at KinderCare when he was two years old. Prior to KinderCare he was at a home daycare. Taylor Ranch KinderCare really helped him catch up to where he should be as far as speech and large- and small-motor skills. They also really helped him master his potty training. I am thankful that he has had great teachers all the way through his journey at KinderCare. He is now almost seven and going into first grade. He is in the School Age before- and after-school program, which really helps me out because with my work schedule, I would not be able to take him to and from school. The fact that they bus him to and from his school back to KinderCare has really helped me so much.

- Father

When my son first started at KinderCare, he was only three months old and I was very nervous to leave him. When I met his teacher, my worries subsided. I love his teacher and the way she is with the infants. She talks to them and comforts them. I definitely feel confident in leaving him for the day because I know the love and care that he needs will be given to him by his teacher.

- Mother

I have raised three boys in my years of service at KinderCare. My oldest son is 17 and excelled in the KinderCare program by reading at four years old. I have two other boys who are nine and two. My nine-year-old son took the Learning Adventures Reading program because he wasn’t progressing the way he should. Through the reading program at KinderCare, his confidence was boosted and he is now reading one grade above where he should be. My two-year-old is defiantly two, but he loves his class and his teachers! He also loves the Learning Adventures Music program. I am so grateful to the KinderCare curriculum and special staff members that have served me and my family for 15 years!

- Mother

I had a parent inquire about us in October, that are moving from Long Beach, CA. The mother said that they would be living here between January and February. They were finally able to come down here to look for housing and a center. The mother was so happy when they drove up to the center, because her son saw the building and was yelling school school! They came in and the little boy started to ask where his friends were. They mother said after the tour, that he went to a KinderCare in Long Beach, and that because he saw the sign and the red roof, he was ready to come in. She said that she felt very comfortable leaving him here, because we stayed in contact with her and that she knew all her son would have to get use to were the new teachers and children, and because the curriculum and schedules were the same, it would be the perfect fit!

- Assistant Director

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